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Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo: Revised and Enhanced Edition Sheet music – July 1, 2005
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This is a great book and probably considered a MUST HAVE for a banjo student. If you are SERIOUS about the banjo, you will probably want this. There are a ton of reviews for this product telling you how great it is, so I won't say too much about that.
Although updated, this book is still based on the songs and playing of Earl Scruggs, a PROFESSIONAL banjo player credited with developing this style of picking. There is a lot of things a beginner CAN learn from this book, but most of the SONGS, in my opinion, are N-O-T EASY songs to learn on or play. You will spend considerable time learning rolls before you are PICKING. Buy it if you MUST, but there ARE better beginner books, I feel, to help you get started, if you are a beginner. This book, to me, is aimed more towards intermediate pickers and the song tabs are most valuable to students who already know a few songs and are playing with at least a LITTLE experience. It does have the tabulature to many of Earl's hits, and therefore makes this a VALUABLE book. But again, you won't just jump in and start playing them.
I had already learned some beginner type rolls and a couple of songs when I got this book. At about the same time, I purchased Tony Trischka's book "20 Easy Banjo Solos." Tony's book also comes with a CD and he plays through the songs slowly and at speed. Many of the rolls and "runs" you learn early in Tony's book will be things you can build on.Read more ›
of 1969. My uncle got me this book and a record that you could get with the book. After a period of about two years I was playing 5 string banjo like Earl Scruggs, well almost. To make
this story short, this still is a great system to learn banjo.
This book and CD will get the aspiring picker up and running in a very short time, as Earl starts with the tuning, then the basic fingerpicking patterns, which in combination, and with speed added, will develop into some very good sounding music...played by YOU!
You absolutely CANNOT go wrong with this book...millions of copies have already been sold worldwide. What many people don't know, is that Earl is also an incredible fingerpicking guitarist with a style all his own. I would like to see him publish a book of his guitar stylings--I'll be the FIRST to buy a hardcover of it.
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Great learning book by the master. It's not easy, but patience pays off. Don't expect the speed you hear on the cd...if you are a beginner.Published 1 month ago by JS
This is where you should start if you are trying to learn to play the Banjo. Great for all levels of knowledge with this instrument.Published 3 months ago by Nixon
Great book. Would recommend it if you want to learn banjo.Published 4 months ago by Kenneth A. Ensley